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    Question deciphering a youtube lecture

    Hi everybody, it's my first post, I hope not the last one. Careful analyses of YouTube videos have become my favorite way of practicing English, and the linguistic sample I am working on right now can be found at https://youtu.be/3vMC3TPuOOo . I like it extremely, because it is not very easy to comprehend, as the speaker speaks quickly and sometimes uses kind of slang expressions. So now, here is my request for help: it seems to me that at around 19:00 I can hear: "who 's going to say that your local sponge, so he gets up in the morning, goes...". Am I right? Does this application of 'so' (apparently in lieu of 'when') make any sense? May I address myself to you with some other similar doubts raised by this fascinating lecture?

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    Re: deciphering a youtube lecture

    Instead of so he gets, I think it is that gets. However, it isn't very clear.

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    Re: deciphering a youtube lecture

    At the beginning of a phrase, so is quite often used as an introductory vocal tic that doesn't really add meaning. It's as if the speaker feels the need to say "I'm beginning to respond now," replacing that long phrase with the economical so.
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    Re: deciphering a youtube lecture

    I've played it again and still don't here so in that phrase.

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    Re: deciphering a youtube lecture

    Well, to be honest, I cannot hear "so" either, but I can hear a very short sound, something that supposedly could be a distorted "so". That was my hypothesis. However, I admit that "that" seems to make more sense here, than "so". And please, remember I am a foreigner, so my ears are not very reliable when it comes to English (although i tried to listen to it in a slowed down version, using 50% speed mode at YouTube and a few more options in Audacity software). That is why I am here :) So many thanks again, for the hint :)
    I am really going to return to that lecture after some time, as I have many more doubts about it, however, as it seems to be more urgent for me now, I have a similar request related to a different YouTube video. Could you Tdol, or any user of this forum be so kind to watch a part of this: https://youtu.be/okJjWG__Cyw ? Specifically, I mean 5:26. What main obstacle is the narrator talking about? Is it some kind of hormin? hormine? or horming? And what should it mean here, particularly when it has something to do with blood veins in a body or water pipes in a building? Many thanks for any suggestions, greetings, Midar
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    Re: deciphering a youtube lecture

    He says plumbing, which makes sense of the water pipes and blood vessels. I did have to listen twice- the first time I heard something similar to you.

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    Re: deciphering a youtube lecture

    Many thanks! It is wonderful I can get here a competent response and so rapidly! :) Arigatou gozaimashita :)

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